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Ask A Pig Farmer – How are pig farmers environmentally sustainable?


Sustainability has become a hot topic in the last few years but for farmers being sustainable is nothing new. For generations of pig farmers sustainability has meant taking care of the environment so they can continue to raise crops and livestock today while protecting and preserving natural resources for future generations. We want to hand it down to our children because it’s important we live on the same farm that our animals do. We breathe the same air. Drink the same water so it’s very important for us to be sustainable, take care of the environment. A recent study confirms that by focusing on sustainability over the decades farmers have become leaders at reducing the environmental impact per unit of production. The study showed that in 1959 the pork industry produced 12.1 billion pounds of pork. By 2009 annual production had risen to 22.8 billion pounds During those same 50 years for every pound of pork produced, pig farmers reduced their use of land by 78%, their use of water by forty-one percent and decreased their overall carbon footprint by thirty-five percent per pound of pork produced. Modern pig farms have also embraced the use of nature to help mitigate odor, improve air quality, reduce erosion and provide natural habitat we also have planted trees around our operation for both aesthetics and environmental things. It prevents the wind from blowing through and also it gives a place for wildlife. Even as the technology and best practices continue to evolve in pig production, manure management, soil and water conservation and more, many of today’s farmers share the same motivation to be sustainable as their forefathers and mothers. To me it’s doing everything better than we ever did before and doing it with less than we ever did before to produce more than we’ve done

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